September 12, 2021, Sunday Bulletin from Saints Peter and Paul.
This Sunday, September 12th, 2021
Saints Peter and Paul
TIMES OF REFRESHING
Fr. Ricky V. Ordóñez
FOLKS! IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT US!
The United States of America has always been known as the
LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE
Indeed, it still is. We enjoy the rights and privileges of a free and democratic society. But what this great nation has always stood for is that with the rights and privileges also come responsibilities and sacrifices.
As a former citizen of the Philippines, my experience of America has always been that it stands ready to protect any country in the world in danger of losing the rights and privileges that it is supposed to accord its citizens. Knowing that it has lost countless sons and daughters in wars and conflicts fought in other parts of the world, I acknowledge and give thanks for the great sacrifices that American families have made in the name of preserving democracy and freedom even beyond its borders.
Today, as an American citizen, I adhere to our laws and do everything I can – in small ways and more – to contribute to the wellbeing and bright future of our country. I pay taxes gladly, I stop for yellow lights, I slow down at school zones, I patiently line up at groceries stores, banks, and everywhere else it is expected. I respect and support our police officers and first responders. I salute our flag and proudly recite the Oath of Allegiance.
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But more importantly, as an American Catholic, I also defer to what is required to protect the rights of others – the right to live healthy lives, the right to protect their children in the best possible way. I feel that above and beyond the rights accorded to us in the Constitution of the United States, we are also obligated to think beyond ourselves if only to protect those of others.
Indeed, the Lord calls on us to “die to ourselves” to protect and save the other. This has always been the
and wearing masks, social distancing, and washing our hands frequently seems to be a very small price to pay in comparison to the sacrifices made by many of our fellow Americans.
Let us remember NEVER to allow the sacrifices of our HEROES to go in vain. They fought to save lives….so should we.
9/11 WE REMEMBER!
Twenty years ago, we saw the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the downing of a commercial airline in Pennsylvania. So many lives lost, so many heroes shed their lives in defense of others. Let us remember to pray for them and their families. Let us pray for those who continue to carry the bitterness against America that drives them to do evil.
PRAY FOR PEACE
TEACHING ON “THE MASS”,
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021, 8:30 AM here in the church.
“AN EYE FOR AN EYE WILL ONLY MAKE THE WORLD GO BLIND!”
MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND GANDHI
“The Mahatma Gandhi”
We hope you enjoy these messages that contain a little information about aspects of American Catholic history that are often little-known
and unexpected. We've also included links for you to find out more and to subscribe to the podcast, American Catholic History, which gives you a bit of history in about 15 minutes a week. Enjoy!
The Most Interesting Woman in New Orleans
became known as "the most interesting woman in New Orleans history," but if you're not from Louisiana, you might not have heard of her. Margaret was born in Ireland in 1813 and came to the US when she was five years. She married at 21 to her husband, Charles, and they had a daughter, but within two years, both had died in a yellow fever epidemic. But while she had thoughts of despair, she didn't lose her faith.
Margaret embarked on a life of service and hard work. While working as a hotel laundress, she also began helping at the
Sisters of Charity
orphanage and began to donate from her own meager earnings to support them, eventually giving nearly 2/3 of her income. Margaret was a shrewd businesswoman, too. When the orphanage's two milk cows—that she had purchased for the children—produced more than the children needed, she began selling the surplus. Eventually, she grew her herd from two to 40.
From there, she purchased a bakery on the verge of bankruptcy and that too became such a success that she became known throughout the city as the Bread Woman of New Orleans. And she attained this success without ever learning to read or write.
Over the course of her life she paid to build four orphanages, making sure all of them included programs to teach the kids to read and write and do simple skills like sewing—things that they would be able to use later in life. She also generously gave free bread to anyone in need or starving.
During the Civil War, when the city was occupied by the Union Army, Margaret ignored curfews and martial law, risking arrest to continue her efforts to feed the beggars, orphans, and others hit hard by the food shortages. When arrested and brought before the Union general, she asked him if it were President Lincoln's orders that the poor be starved to death, he relented and let her continue.
After the war, Margaret continued to flourish and her counsel and compassion was sought by all levels of society. She became known as the
Mother of Orphans and the Angel of the Delta
. She died at the age of 69 in 1882 and her funeral included 13 priests and the archbishop of New Orleans and was attended by every major figure in New Orleans society. Pope Pius IX even sent a blessing. She made such an impact that after her death, a statue of Margaret was erected, and she became the first woman to have a public monument built in her honor in the United States. It depicts Margaret seated in her chair, with an orphan leaning in for a hug, and one word engraved in the base: "Margaret." No further identification was necessary.
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We are now registering families for the New Religious Education program School year. The classes will be back to
Classes will begin on September 11
We would love to have an opportunity to introduce the Sadlier curriculum to your families this year. All registered families will have access to the online Portal and a textbook for the in-class sessions.
We will be meeting on Saturday from 9:30- 11:00, which is traditionally the time for Religious Education at SSPP, and we will hold Classes in the SSPP school.
The Bishop has released a COVID Protocol that we will follow for the SSPP School and our Religious Education program.
Kim Buchholz will be assisting me with the program, and she is our Religious Education Coordinator. So, she will be speaking with you all soon.
We have teachers in place for all grade levels and will introduce them to all of you very soon!!
God Bless you. We look forward to sharing the Catholic Faith with everyone.
Please call me with any questions at 327-6015, x 108.
Deacon Daniel Flanagan
Director of Faith Formation
Saints Peter and Paul
Please register as soon as you are able by using the link below. It will be great to see everyone soon.
Click this link for the registration form.
Religious Education (CCD) registration. Grades 1-8
To cover the ever-increasing cost of the program, we are asking for a donation of $50.00 per family with an additional $25 if more than one student is registering, not to exceed $75 per family.
Since we know that current times can be tough on families, scholarships are available.
Ignatian Silent Retreat is back!
This year’s retreat, with appropriate COVID precautions, is scheduled for September 24-26, 2021 at the Redemptorist Renewal Center.
Father Chris Corbally, SJ, and Dr. Aileen O' Donoghue, both astronomers, will lead us in prayer on the theme: "The World is Charged with the Grandeur of God: St. Ignatius and our Care of Creation.”
In this retreat, rooted in the Spiritual Exercises, we will embrace the Lord’s invitation through St. Ignatius to “find God in all things,” from the most intimate parts of ourselves to the vast expanse of the universe.
We will consider the joy that St. Ignatius felt from simply “staring at the sky and all the stars,” and the desire to serve and care for all Creation that they inspired in him.
There will be opportunities for personal prayer, Mass, and guided stargazing.
Come and experience the miracle of our lives and the life that surrounds us. Silence will be an important part of this retreat, allowing time for prayer and reflection on what God is doing now, and on what God is asking each of us to be doing in collaboration.
For more information, write to Ann Dickson at email@example.com or Deacon Paul Duckro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 12th, 2021. The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday at 7:00 with masks and social distancing protocols in place.
9:00,11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and
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Deacon Dan Flanagan
on Friday, September 10 at 8:10PM